Hyderabad:Ford Motor Co. has appointed Joginder Singh as president and managing director of its India operations effective 1 December.

Singh, presently the president and managing director of Ford Business Services Centre in Chennai, will replace Michael Boneham, who will retire on 31 December after serving 27 years with the US auto maker.

Singh will oversee Ford’s expansion plans in India, which includes bringing eight new products to the country by mid-decade, the company said on Thursday.

“Joginder’s proven leadership will be critical to driving the successful and ongoing expansion of our India operation...," said Joseph Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “With 60-70% of the growth expected to come from APA (Asia Pacific and Africa) for Ford Motor, India will be play a critical role in driving that growth."

Singh, who has been with Ford since 1980 in different roles globally in Europe, the US and Canada, will be based at Ford India Pvt. Ltd’s corporate office in Delhi and report to Hinrichs.

Boneham helped Ford’s transition to a mass player in India and led the launch of its hatchback Figo in 2010, the company said. “... his role in securing the $1 billion investment for our second new integrated manufacturing facility at Sanand helped us significantly transform our operations in India," said Hinrichs.

Ford’s upcoming plant in Sanand, Gujarat, is its second in the country after the facility in Chennai.